Naomi Novik

Autor von Drachenbrut

52+ Werke 48,118 Mitglieder 2,038 Rezensionen Lieblingsautor von 236 Lesern

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Naomi Novik was born in New York on April 30, 1973. She received a Bachelor's degree in English literature at Brown University and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Columbia University. She participated in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of mehr anzeigen Undrentide. Her first novel, His Majesty's Dragon, was published in 2006 and was the start of the Temeraire series. She has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Uprooted, won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novel. (Bowker Author Biography) weniger anzeigen


Werke von Naomi Novik

Drachenbrut (2006) 8,145 Exemplare, 370 Rezensionen
Uprooted (2015) 6,544 Exemplare, 388 Rezensionen
Drachenprinz (2006) 4,914 Exemplare, 167 Rezensionen
Drachenzorn (2006) 4,303 Exemplare, 132 Rezensionen
A Deadly Education (2020) 4,111 Exemplare, 153 Rezensionen
Spinning Silver (2018) 3,993 Exemplare, 197 Rezensionen
Drachenglanz (2007) 3,591 Exemplare, 101 Rezensionen
Drachenwacht (2008) 2,793 Exemplare, 95 Rezensionen
The Last Graduate (2021) 2,018 Exemplare, 79 Rezensionen
Drachenflamme (2010) 1,892 Exemplare, 99 Rezensionen
The Golden Enclaves (2022) 1,438 Exemplare, 48 Rezensionen
Drachengold (2012) 1,314 Exemplare, 73 Rezensionen
Drachenfeind (2013) 1,063 Exemplare, 52 Rezensionen
League of Dragons (2016) 816 Exemplare, 35 Rezensionen
In His Majesty's Service (2006) 756 Exemplare, 19 Rezensionen
Golden Age and Other Stories (2017) 156 Exemplare, 6 Rezensionen
Will Supervillains Be On the Final? (2011) 103 Exemplare, 12 Rezensionen
Feast or Famine [short story] (2009) 48 Exemplare, 5 Rezensionen
Vici [short story] (2011) 34 Exemplare, 2 Rezensionen
Buried Deep and Other Stories (2024) 16 Exemplare, 3 Rezensionen
In Favour With Their Stars 4 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
Ve stínu Hvozdu (2019) 2 Exemplare
Priced to Sell 2 Exemplare
Blessings 1 Exemplar
V zajetí zimy 1 Exemplar
Uprooted-Spinning silver (2024) 1 Exemplar

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Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010) — Mitwirkender — 1,319 Exemplare, 90 Rezensionen
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Mitwirkender — 781 Exemplare, 15 Rezensionen
Naked City (2011) — Mitwirkender — 654 Exemplare, 45 Rezensionen
Warriors (2010) — Mitwirkender — 650 Exemplare, 29 Rezensionen
Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2013) — Mitwirkender — 408 Exemplare, 12 Rezensionen
The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2009) — Mitwirkender — 403 Exemplare, 13 Rezensionen
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (2016) — Mitwirkender — 332 Exemplare, 15 Rezensionen
Fast Ships, Black Sails (2008) — Mitwirkender — 312 Exemplare, 10 Rezensionen
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection (2011) — Mitwirkender — 307 Exemplare, 2 Rezensionen
Wings of Fire (2010) — Mitwirkender — 185 Exemplare, 2 Rezensionen
The Mythic Dream (2019) — Mitwirkender — 173 Exemplare, 5 Rezensionen
Unfettered II: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2016) — Mitwirkender — 126 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
Galactic Empires (2017) — Mitwirkender — 121 Exemplare, 2 Rezensionen
Unfettered III: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2019) — Mitwirkender — 112 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition (2012) — Mitwirkender — 92 Exemplare, 3 Rezensionen
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven (2017) — Mitwirkender — 83 Exemplare
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 Edition (2010) — Mitwirkender — 69 Exemplare
The Best of Uncanny (2019) — Mitwirkender — 56 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
Space Opera (2007) — Mitwirkender — 55 Exemplare, 2 Rezensionen
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Thirteen (2019) — Mitwirkender — 54 Exemplare, 3 Rezensionen
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 (2017) — Mitwirkender — 40 Exemplare, 4 Rezensionen
Year's Best Fantasy 9 (2009) — Mitwirkender — 34 Exemplare
New York Fantastic: Fantasy Stories from the City that Never Sleeps (2017) — Mitwirkender — 34 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry (2014) — Mitwirkender — 32 Exemplare, 2 Rezensionen
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017 Edition (2017) — Mitwirkender — 27 Exemplare
Uncanny Magazine Issue 22: May/June 2018 (2018) — Mitwirkender — 10 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
Clarkesworld: Issue 095 (August 2014) (2014) — Mitwirkender — 9 Exemplare, 2 Rezensionen
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 98 • July 2018 (2018) — Mitwirkender — 6 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
Uncanny Magazine: The Best of 2018 — Mitwirkender, einige Ausgaben2 Exemplare


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The Scholomance is a high school for mages, and our protagonist Galadriel "El" is a junior there. It quickly becomes clear that the Scholomance is not really a "school" in the traditional sense; it's more like a prison crossed with a military academy, a brutal crucible where only the strong or connected survive. It's unfair, deadly, cruel, just the worst, really. Still, it's better than the alternative: the world is full of evil things who find magically gifted kids an easy meal, and Scholomance was created to give them a fighting chance at survival.

If you've seen this book recommended before it's probably been followed by "It's like Harry Potter, but ______". That's an overused comparison, but in this case I think it's warranted. It's like Novik read Harry Potter and decided to do the exact opposite wherever she could.

It's not a bad idea, but it was taken too far in the other direction, and resulted in the proverbial baby being tossed out with the bathwater. All the genuinely good parts of Harry Potter, such as the whimsical nature of magic, the comfy social situations, the fairy tale feel of it all, are all swapped for much more unpleasant versions.

The wizarding world of the Scholomance really sucks. That could have been an interesting wrinkle in a different context, but this is a YA book, so our protagonist is legally obligated to respond to even horrific events with a resigned sigh and snide comment. It's a very scary and stressful setting, but one that is being filtered through the lens of a cynical YA high schooler. It's not a great juxtaposition.

Despite this, I actually liked El as a character; she was dealt a rough hand, vaguely similar to Frozen's Elsa (almost surely the author's inspiration), and she contrasts well with the rest of the characters. Her cynicism is warranted. I just very much wish I wasn't in her head the whole book. It's written in that pseudo-diary format every YA book loves, and close to 80% of the book is El's internal monologue reacting to both past and present with the same detached "yep, just another day in Magekiller High School" tone.

The worldbuilding is especially clumsy: she'll namedrop a common thing in her world, gives you maybe a few paragraphs to piece together what it is from context, only to then painstakingly explain the entire thing and its history and its related wikipedia entries in the middle of dialogue or an action scene.

There were many parts I liked. It had a lot of interesting things to say about privilege and education using magic as a metaphor. Its magic system was novel, an intriguing combination of language and intention and belief. But I won't be continuing the series, and it's hard to recommend this to anyone, even those with interests in magic school settings
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MKMILQUETOAST | 152 weitere Rezensionen | Jul 18, 2024 |
Couldn't stop reading, first time that's happened in a while.
capincus | 152 weitere Rezensionen | Jul 13, 2024 |
While I'm immensely impressed by Novik's later novels, I keep finding these early ones a mixed bag. To be clear, the read is always worthwhile, as her characterisations of Laurence and Temeraire are so wonderfully drawn as to continuously be a delight. But I keep having issues with the plotting and pacing, and this installment is perhaps, and unfortunately, the worst installment yet in this regard.

The main plot of the book - many spoilers ahead - is a dragon plague that was fairly clearly telegraphed back in the second novel. But as the protagonist dragoon is already conveniently immune, the threat of it is more of a general one than a personal one after a brief few pages of concern. Similarly, the quest for a cure leads them - as the novel's title should give away to anyone - to an unknown African civilisation, but this takes a meandering half of the book before is even discovered, during which there is little to no forward drive to be found. Then it gets some tension and excitement, blessedly, before it slows down yet again for the journey home. Only in the final forty pages or so does this novel's storyline actually get gripping, as the protagonists face an ethical dilemma and makes a hard choice with great consequences.

My complaint isn't that nothing exciting happens - plenty does - but that whenever something with true stakes or tension occurs, it is quickly dealt with, or it peters out inconsequentially. Temeraire's health, Laurence's strained relationship with his old navy friend, the plague (while many dragons die, none that we are particularly attached to), the sudden captivity and ensuing war, the unexpected pregnancy. And as in earlier volumes, so much is solved simply by working itself out or by astonishing coincidence (the first African dragon met is one personally searching for one of the two former slaves that happened to come on the journey with Laurence months before, the mysterious plague's only cure consists of mushrooms Temeraire accidentally ate two books previous), which is also not particularly satisfying in a narrative.

All of this could have been relatively easily remedied by editing the structure, rather than the story points. The nefarious plan of spreading the plague - incredibly obvious as it should have been to anyone without Laurence's particularly enormous ethical blinders - could have been rumoured and speculated earlier, yielding an inner conflict and turmoil in Laurence for much of the story. The plague could have affected Temeraire, too, causing a prolonged fear for his life, and should have claimed at least one, ideally several, of the dragons close to him, to create a real sense of panic. As it was, the cure is of course found conveniently just in time for no known, named characters to perish - another astonishing coincidence. And most importantly, the African civilisation should have been found a hundred pages earlier in the narrative, and the conflict itself given more room to breathe.

But enough griping. There is a lot to like here, as always in these books, and the ending is quite exciting - albeit somewhat soured by the by now well established certainty that everything will nearly work itself out within the first two chapters of the next novel, because that seems to be how all problems sort themselves in this universe. Knowing how good Novik's later standalone novels 'Uprooted' and 'Spinning Silver' are, though, I cannot but have faith that there will be a gradual improvement as the Temeraire books go along. And even should I be wrong about that, the core relationship is always so lovely as to make a slow reading experience still worthwhile.
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Lucky-Loki | 100 weitere Rezensionen | Jun 19, 2024 |
Spectacular collection -- and I love love love that Novik can create whole worlds and share them so easily. Each of these gems is fully formed within itself, with just a nod to the larger works that some of them are related to. The characters leap to life. The stories are sweet or satisfying or intriguing or funny. It's a vibrant collection and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Advanced Readers' Copy Provided by Edelweiss.
jennybeast | 2 weitere Rezensionen | Jun 7, 2024 |


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